Most of my blog readers are from the
Lander University community or know that Lander is how I got
so involved in the .
In the summer of 2011 I was part of the first student delegation to visit Korea and the
universities that Lander has agreements with. When I left Korea after
those 5 weeks I knew I would return one day. The past two summers Lander has
sent a delegation to Korea China
I think those students have a special place in their hearts for Korea Asia just as I did after my summer experience.
This year’s delegation just returned home after being in
China and . While in Korea Korea they spent a couple of days in Daegu at . As most of you know I live
an hour outside of downtown Daegu. So last Friday (May 24) I went to meet up
with the group at the YU campus. My heart was racing as I made my way out of
the subway to be greeted by them. One of my good friends, Emily Ashley, was
part of the group along with Jeff Constant, Director of Office of International
Programs. It felt so good to have people from home in my new home. We spent a
few hours at the YU student festival enjoying catching up and meeting the
others that I did not know well. I am not the only Lander face here in the Yeongnam University Far East right now. Eric Newman (Lander student) is
studying at and also
teaching with the TaLK program. TaLK is what I would describe as the child of
EPIK. They teach after school classes (15 hours a week) and half the pay. It is
normally for students taking a semester of classes here in Yeongnam
University . After
spending time at the festival Eric and I decided it was time to take a few of
the group members out in downtown Daegu for their last night in Korea .
It was so heart-warming to have friends here and get to show them what
like beyond the tourist side. While talking with the group I know most of them
are considering studying here, doing their Master’s here or coming here to teach after graduating. I know they will go
back to Lander and share their experiences just as I did and encourage a whole
new group of Bearcats to branch out and come to the East!! Korea
I loved, loved, loved having friends here for the night!! Don’t be a stranger, hop on a plane (for 14 hours) and come here!!!! It is worth it!! If you are not up for that I will see ya’ll in August for 2 weeks!